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GeForce 8600 GTS vs GeForce GTX 460 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 8600 GTS uses a 80 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 675 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a speed of 1000 MHz on this specific card. It features 32 SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 460 1GB, which has core clock speeds of 675 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 336 SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8600 GTS 75 Watts
GeForce GTX 460 1GB 160 Watts
Difference: 85 Watts (113%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 460 1GB should theoretically be much faster than the GeForce 8600 GTS overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 1GB 115200 MB/sec
GeForce 8600 GTS 32000 MB/sec
Difference: 83200 (260%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 460 1GB will be quite a bit (about 250%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8600 GTS. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 1GB 37800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8600 GTS 10800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 27000 (250%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 460 1GB is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 460 1GB 21600 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8600 GTS 5400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 16200 (300%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce 8600 GTS

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GeForce GTX 460 1GB

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 8600 GTS GeForce GTX 460 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year April 2007 July 2010
Code Name G84 GF104
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 675 MHz 675 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 160 watts
Bandwidth 32000 MB/sec 115200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 10800 Mtexels/sec 37800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 5400 Mpixels/sec 21600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 32 336
Texture Mapping Units 16 56
Render Output Units 8 32
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 40 nm
Transistors 289 million 1950 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce 8600 GTS

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GeForce GTX 460 1GB

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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